The economic valuation of a high Andean forest: The biophysical versus the market approach

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Title:
The economic valuation of a high Andean forest: The biophysical versus the market approach
Author:
Carrizosa, Santiago, 1964-
Issue Date:
1993
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
Economic valuation techniques for environmental goods and services can contribute to decisions regarding the sustainable use and preservation of natural resources. Several valuation techniques have been developed based on neoclassical economics. However, when markets fail these techniques are not applicable. An alternative approach that is less dependent on pervasive markets comes from the school of biophysical economics. This approach is based on the energy theory. According to this theory, the embodied energy of the ecosystem is estimated and a money value is assigned to it. This thesis uses a variation of a biophysical technique for the economic valuation of the above-ground biomass of a Colombian High-Andean forest. The biomass or physical organization and the diversity component of the contributory value of the forest are considered by the biomass technique. However, this technique fails to measure the ecological services component of this kind of value.
Type:
text; Thesis-Reproduction (electronic)
Keywords:
Biology, Botany.; Biology, Ecology.; Economics, General.
Degree Name:
M.S.
Degree Level:
masters
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Renewable Natural Resources
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
King, David A.

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dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.titleThe economic valuation of a high Andean forest: The biophysical versus the market approachen_US
dc.creatorCarrizosa, Santiago, 1964-en_US
dc.contributor.authorCarrizosa, Santiago, 1964-en_US
dc.date.issued1993en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractEconomic valuation techniques for environmental goods and services can contribute to decisions regarding the sustainable use and preservation of natural resources. Several valuation techniques have been developed based on neoclassical economics. However, when markets fail these techniques are not applicable. An alternative approach that is less dependent on pervasive markets comes from the school of biophysical economics. This approach is based on the energy theory. According to this theory, the embodied energy of the ecosystem is estimated and a money value is assigned to it. This thesis uses a variation of a biophysical technique for the economic valuation of the above-ground biomass of a Colombian High-Andean forest. The biomass or physical organization and the diversity component of the contributory value of the forest are considered by the biomass technique. However, this technique fails to measure the ecological services component of this kind of value.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeThesis-Reproduction (electronic)en_US
dc.subjectBiology, Botany.en_US
dc.subjectBiology, Ecology.en_US
dc.subjectEconomics, General.en_US
thesis.degree.nameM.S.en_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineRenewable Natural Resourcesen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorKing, David A.en_US
dc.identifier.proquest1352344en_US
dc.identifier.bibrecord.b27051201en_US
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